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#541 of 543 More Hybrids, Electrics, and Upgraded Compacts
Aug 01, 2011 (7:28 am)
Well, we're seeing it already, but the pace will quicken, maybe exponentially as we get to 2020, and then race to even tighter standards to meet 54.5 mpg by 2025. Virtually every major manufacturer is introducing or expanding its offerings of hybrids. Most, such as Nissan/Renault, BMW, and Fiat are developing full electrics. Weight reduction and space efficiency are being given more attention than at any time in the past. Finally, a wide array of technology, such as start/stop (just one of countless examples), are being employed to improve fuel efficiency.
Among the effects of the sum total of these changes will be significant vehicle price increases. More buyers will be relegated to the used market. Cars will become throw-away items to a greater extent than even today, as the cost of repairing a car that's been in an accident becomes increasingly uneconomical. I'm also thinking that driving and car ownership will probably be less fun.
And that's just for starters.
#542 of 543 glass half full or empty
Aug 01, 2011 (10:58 am)
I see it as half full because of this...
But, I wonder if the moderators should focus the CAFE threads. It seems we have three. Maybe we need just one? Close the other two?? I don't care which one, but it does seem like people here should have one thread in news and views to talk about this important issue...
#543 of 543 Re: glass half full or empty [benjaminh]
by steve_ HOST
Feb 05, 2012 (12:28 pm)
Let's pick it up here.